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Question: The request "Fire for effect." is used in this and many other war films when calling in artillery support. What is the meaning of this term?

Chosen answer: After a series of individual rounds are fired to insure that the artillery is on target, the entire battery then fires as many rounds as possible to have the greatest effect on the enemy.

scwilliam

Question: Aunt May's speech to Peter at the end of the film suggests she's figured him out. The look he gives her back (I think) suggests he knows she knows and is cool about it. Am I right?

Chosen answer: Without reading the minds of the scriptwriters, no way to tell. Certainly one interpretation of their conversation is that she knows, or, at the very least, that she strongly suspects. Given that she knows Peter better than anyone and that she's now encountered Spider-Man up close, it's not unreasonable to think that she could have noticed something and put two and two together - Peter certainly doesn't seem to make any attempt to disguise his voice when he speaks to her.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the song that Odie dances to at the dog show?

Chosen answer: "Hey Mama" by "Black Eyed Peas".

T Poston

Question: Why does the first Dementor we see on the train focus specifically on Harry, and attack him? It seems a bit off for a "prison guard", looking for an escaped prisoner, to go after an innocent child.

Chosen answer: Dementors are drawn to unhappy memories, bad emotions and so so - Harry's got more of those than just about anybody else on the train, which would draw the Dementors to him. It's also not really the case that Harry was really attacked as such - the presence of the Dementor would have brought bad memories to the fore for all those present. Harry having worse memories than the others, he was simply affected to a much greater degree.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Are Ferris and Jean twins?

Answer: In the original script, both Jeanie and Ferris are listed as being 18. However, the Buellers also had 2 other children (a 7-year old son and 12-year old daughter) who were cut out of the film.

Bishop73

Chosen answer: Probably, yes. From dialogue, Ferris is about to graduate, and he and Jean seem to be at the same school, so either she's actually the younger of the two (which seems unlikely - would parents give the younger child a car but not the older?) or they're in the same school year. On the assumption that they're in the same year, the most likely scenario is that, yes, they're twins. The only other possibility is that they were born less than a year apart (putting them in the same school year), with Jean probably being the older of the two.

Tailkinker Premium member

Or Ferris had repeated a year of school sometime in the past and Jeanie had caught up. The gifted car vs computer is a key point of resentment for Ferris throughout the movie, suggesting that Ferris may not have been trusted with a car, and got the computer instead.

Answer: Or Ferris may have skipped a year and is now caught up to his slightly older sister.

Shipper

Answer: Twins (even fraternal twins) are usually much closer in temperament to each other. Jean, on the other hand, seems very uptight and even envious of Ferris. Could be that Jean is an adopted child, same age as Ferris. There is typically some friction with adopted kids.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: When the monster exits the door and says, "She got this close to me." you could hear rock music, but the kid was noted as being six years old. What kind of six-year kid would play rock music, especially in the middle of the night?

Chosen answer: It's supposed to show how much the children are changing. They used to be sweet and innocent, and easily scared. Now they're a lot harder to scare, thanks to violent TV, rock music, video games etc... Plus it's not too big of a stretch to imagine a six year old kid playing rock music, and it doesn't have to be in the middle of the night. The practice run near the beginning of the film shows that the monsters can enter the room under a minute after the child is put to bed.

Gary O'Reilly

Question: In the Extended Edition, who are the Seven Kings that Saruman mentions during the parley? The only thing I can think of is the Seven Lords of the West, but I'm not sure.

Chosen answer: There's no group specifically referred to as the Seven Kings in Tolkien's works - your surmise that this refers to the seven male members of the Valar, the fourteen Powers of the world, may well be correct. The only other possibility that leaps to mind is that Saruman could be referring to the leaders of the seven dwarven clans.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I don't know if it's been said in the book or movie, but does Gamling die? If so when is it? I've been told it's at the Pelennor fields, however isn't he seen at the Black Gate battle when Aragorn gives his speech?

Chosen answer: It was certainly stated before the release of the Extended Edition that we would see his demise at the Pelennor Fields, but it seems that that scene didn't make the final version of the film. With the death of Theoden, Merry and Eowyn's wounding and all the other action going on, it was presumably decided that to break off from the action for the death of a minor character would disrupt the flow too much.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: In the scene where Max shoots Vincent in the building, where does Vince get hit? Blood came out which I would assume would be the throat, but that would have killed him, or is this just a mistake?

Chosen answer: I believe the shot hit him in the right cheek as that is where most of the blood is. I think it more grazed the cheek, as Vincent can't really talk when he is first shot but on the train can talk a bit more easily.

Lummie Premium member

If you look at Vincent's ear after Max shoots him in the office building you will see there's a large chunk of his ear missing. It is more noticeable in the final shootout on the train where the lighting is much brighter. Maybe blood loss from that?

Question: Did A.J and Grace grew up together? Bear said that all of them had watched Grace grow up.

Chosen answer: As AJ said in the movie, he's been working for Harry for 5 years. So No, they didn't grow up together.

XIII

Question: What piece of music did Dewey first teach Lawrence on the keyboard?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: It's "Touch Me" by The Doors.

Damian Torres

Question: Did the actors do their own singing?

Chosen answer: Yes.

Tobin OReilly

Answer: Yes.

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Question: Does anybody know what the episode was called where that helicopter severed Romano's arm? I'm pretty sure it was season 8.

Chosen answer: It was in "Chaos Theory", the first episode of season 9 (time code 00:13:55).

Super Grover Premium member

Question: Is the plot to this film about Nameless wanting to assassinate the king, or about the love between Flying Snow and Broken Sword?

Chosen answer: It's mostly about Nameless' assassination attempt, but there is a subplot in the different flashbacks developing the relationship between Snow and Sword. Not much of an arc to that one, though.

Phoenix

Question: When the Ed Norton character is searching for Tyler Durden in the multiple cities, he runs into a man in a bar who has had facial surgery and tells Ed that he had been in that bar last week. I know that Tyler supposedly had facial surgery every three years, but who is the guy in the bar and what is the significance behind him?

Chosen answer: First, the idea of Tyler having facial surgery every three years was just one of many (untrue) rumors - fight club hadn't even been around three years. And I assume you mean the bartender because he is the only one who says that Ed Norton was there last week - he was just talking about how "Tyler" had started up a fight club in his bar last week, spreading his army across the country - and he hadn't had facial surgery, it was just busted up from fighting.

Nick N.

Question: I would like to know why Michael Moore named this film Fahrenheit 9/11. I know that the 9/11 is about the twin towers terrorist attack, but I can't get the Fahrenheit part. Could someone please explain?

Chosen answer: It's a reference to the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which deals with a totalitarian society where people are not encouraged to think for themselves, question the government and so forth. One of the features of this society is that all books are burnt (hence the title - apparently the temperature at which paper will ignite).

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When the evil Count Olaf disguises himself at Captain Sham, how did he end up with the peg leg? To get the children's money, did he literally cut off his own leg to be rid of the identifying tattoo on his ankle and also create a more effective disguise?

Chosen answer: Of course not. It's common practice in theater (and movies) to simply tie the lower leg to the thigh and attach a peg at the knee.

Xofer

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Question: What does the J in Bartholomew J Simpson stand for? Is it like Homer's which just stands for Jay or is it something else?

Chosen answer: It stands for Jo-Jo. This was confirmed by Nancy Cartwright when the show's cast appeared on "Inside the Actors Studio."

Cubs Fan Premium member

Alien Rangers of Aquitar (1) - S3-E34

Question: On the IMDB page for this show, the Aquitain Rangers are not listed. After researching the Zeo (series 4) page, I've discovered 2 of the Aquitain Rangers - Karim Prince, who played Cestro, the Blue Aquitain Ranger; and Rajia Baroudi, who played Delphine, the White Aquitain Ranger. Who played the Red, Yellow, and Black Aquitain Rangers?

Chosen answer: David Bacon was Aurico (Red Aquitar Ranger). Tideus (Yellow Aquitar Ranger) and Corcus (Black Aquitar Ranger) appear, morphed only, and voiced by uncredited actors, differing from their original MMAR actors, who appear only in the recycled footage of the brief morphing sequences.

Bowling255 Premium member

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Question: What is the name of the song that plays at the end of the last episode of season 1, when Ryan is leaving in the car and Seth in his boat?

Chosen answer: Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley.

Bobbert

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